Become an RA: Job Description

RD and her staff

Official Job Description: Resident Advisor

The Residence Life Mission

As co-curricular educators, Residence Life cultivates transformational relationships, inclusive environments, and enriching programs — emphasizing residential communities as our classroom for student flourishing.

Overall Function

Under the supervision of the Resident Director, the Resident Advisor facilitates the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to the residence hall and University. The RA develops a sense of community among residents as members of a floor, residents of a hall, and active participants in the residence life program. In addition, the RA serves as a positive role model to residents and peer staff members, and is responsible to enforce the rules and policies of Residence Life and Housing and the University. The RA acts as a liaison between residents and the University administration, and serves as a resource person for their residents.


  • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must be able to commit to working approximately 12 hours per week.
  • The RA must be a full-time student in good standing with the university in regard to chapel attendance, academic standing, and full and satisfactory resolution of any student conduct violation.
  • Receive approval from the RD for extra-curricular activities and additional employment.


  • Resident Advisors are paid $6000 as a stipend over the course of the year. They are expected to work approximately 12 hours per week.
    • In addition, RA's will be paid at the rate of $13.00 per hour for Spring Training.
  • RA's and their chosen roommates will be assigned to a room prior to room selection in the spring.

Duties & Responsibilities

Facilitate interaction among residents for the purpose of creating community

  • Engage intentionally and consistently with residents, encouraging connections among residents of the floor and the hall.
  • Plan and lead floor meetings as needed, and implement weekly floor ritual for the purpose of creating community on the floor.
  • Develop and implement mission, growth and community oriented social and educational programs and activities for floor and hall residents following guidelines as outlined by the Resident Director (RD).

Assist residences in personal and spiritual growth

  • Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with each resident.
  • Identify and assist residents with personal, social, academic, or health related concerns (current or potential) and consult with RD concerning appropriate means of responding to concerns.
  • Model consistent attendance at chapel and refer residents as needed to pastoral care.

Assist residents in integrating academic and co-curricular life

  • Model the habits and lifestyle of a successful student, attending classes consistently, maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and remaining in good standing with the university at all times.
  • Keep residents informed of co-curricular activities and encourage their participation in floor, hall, and campus events.
  • Be a knowledgeable consultant, resource person, and referral agent for university services such as: The Learning Center, SEID, the Health Center, GSPD, Housing, Bon Appetit Food Service, Biola Counseling Center, etc.
  • Seek opportunities to involve faculty/staff in residence hall and floor activities and programs.

Convey and uphold University rules and regulations

  • Model high standards of personal conduct that reflect integrity, responsibility, and good judgment.
  • Promote an accurate understanding of the Community Standards and University Policies as stated in the Student Handbook.
  • Enforce, fairly and consistently, University and Residence Life & Housing polices as contained in the Student Handbook by confronting and reporting all violations or behavioral concerns to the RD and/or CoCo.

Assume responsibility for proper use and physical conditions of facilities

  • Ensure that all maintenance and housekeeping needs of individual floor and public areas are reported promptly to Facilities Services.
  • Conduct regular health and safety inspections as directed by the RD.
  • Assist with the opening and closing of the residence hall, arriving on campus prior to the opening of the hall and remaining on campus until the hall is closed at the end of the year.
  • Support check-in and check-out procedures as needed.

Participate and contribute as a member of the Residence Life Staff team

  • Attend and participate fully in all Residence Life training sessions throughout the year.
  • Attend and participate fully in all regular hall staff meetings as directed by the RD.
  • Meet regularly with the RD to receive direction, support, and accountability.
  • Provide duty coverage on a rotating basis, completing rounds and being available in the hall/area as directed by the RD.
  • Complete administrative tasks for the floor and residence hall in a timely manner.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the RD and the Residence Life & Housing Office.

Important Dates

Student staff are expected to assist with the opening and closing of the residence hall throughout the year, arriving on campus prior to the opening of the hall and remaining on campus until the hall is closed preceding a vacation period or at the end of the year.

Date Description
Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Spring Training
Sunday, April 5, 2020 RA Commissioning
Sunday, August 9, 2020 Student Staff return to campus (this date subject to change)
Saturday, December 19, 2020 12 p.m. — Student Staff released for Christmas Break
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12 p.m. — Student Staff return for Spring Semester
Sunday, May 9, 2021 5 p.m. — Staff Released
Monday, May 10, 2021 10 a.m. — Staff must be moved out of residence hall rooms

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Last Updated:
November 14, 2019
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